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    differentiate with respect to t where t is real \frac{w+t}{|w+t|^2} where w is a constant complex number. I get \frac{|z+t|^2-2(z+t)^2}{|z+t|^4} but that is the wrong answer in my book. Thanks
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    Re: differentiate

    Quote Originally Posted by Plato13 View Post
    differentiate with respect to t where t is real \frac{w+t}{|w+t|^2} where w is a constant complex number. I get \frac{|z+t|^2-2(z+t)^2}{|z+t|^4} but that is the wrong answer in my book. Thanks
    Note that  | w + t |^2 = (w + t)^2 is always positive. Thus
    \frac{w + t}{ |w + t| ^2 } = \frac{w + t}{(w + t)^2}

    What can you do with this?

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    Re: differentiate

    W is a complex number so this is not true.
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    Re: differentiate

    Quote Originally Posted by Plato13 View Post
    differentiate with respect to t where t is real \frac{w+t}{|w+t|^2} where w is a constant complex number. I get \frac{|z+t|^2-2(z+t)^2}{|z+t|^4} but that is the wrong answer in my book. Thanks
    Recall that |z|^2=z\cdot\overline{z} and because t is real then \overline{t}=t.

    Thus |w+t|^2=(w+t)\overline{(w+t)}=|w|^2+2\text{Re}(w)t  +t^2~. So \frac{d(|w+t|^2)}{dt}=2\text{Re}(w)+2t
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    Re: differentiate

    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    Recall that |z|^2=z\cdot\overline{z} and because t is real then \overline{t}=t.

    Thus |w+t|^2=(w+t)\overline{(w+t)}=|w|^2+\text{Re}(w)t+  t^2~. So \frac{d(|w+t|^2)}{dt}=\text{Re}(w)+2t
    Plato, shouldn't that be 2Re(w)t?
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    Re: differentiate

    Quote Originally Posted by Plato13 View Post
    Plato, shouldn't that be 2Re(w)t?
    Right! I will edit.
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